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    If you think sports card pack searchers are bad... check out M:TG




    Just disgusting.


    This totally enables pack searchers to leave a dead box.

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    Is this a hobby versus retail thing? I don't know **** about it, but this video seems like a how-to for Target. Shop owners should be able to prevent this on principle.
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    Pack searching, or box mapping, has been a problem for mtg for years. It was supposedly fixed in 2013 when a set called Gatecrash came out, but I don't know. In any mechanical process there are bound to be patterns. Anyway, the new set, Eldritch Moon, has apparently reverted. Yes, dealers can prevent mapping by just mixing up the packs in the box, but few do. And who knows how many take advantage of it themselves. Collation between wrapper image and rarity is a new one though. ID heard something similar for an older set, packs with a certain image on them were the only ones to contain a certain card, but that was really unfounded. Evidence is pretty substantive, though, at least on the first print run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hive17 View Post
    Is this a hobby versus retail thing? I don't know **** about it, but this video seems like a how-to for Target. Shop owners should be able to prevent this on principle.

    The retail packs come in a protective cardboard sleeve

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogosox40 View Post
    I wish I can read this post on the app but it's still not fixed

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    Unfortunately I lack the knowledge to fix it.

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    I don't know much about MTG, but from the video, he is opening a box, and sorting the box into three piles, obviously because of some "tell" on the packs. He is then opening all the packs to show that it worked, but I am assuming that the last stack is the good ones? THose are the good cards? So you could conceivably open 1/3 of the box and get all the good cards. Am I seeing that right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwynn545 View Post
    I don't know much about MTG, but from the video, he is opening a box, and sorting the box into three piles, obviously because of some "tell" on the packs. He is then opening all the packs to show that it worked, but I am assuming that the last stack is the good ones? THose are the good cards? So you could conceivably open 1/3 of the box and get all the good cards. Am I seeing that right?
    Yes, it looks like the packs with the chick on them are good in this series

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    Quote Originally Posted by CollectorsCorner View Post
    Yes, it looks like the packs with the chick on them are good in this series

    only in that run.


    You open packs till you hit mythic. Fish out other packs that match that mythic art. Rest of the box has no mythics. Hobby shops will stop you from doing this, retail isn't affected because the packaging is different.

    However I would not touch loose packs from a source I didn't know.

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    Just put the packs upside down in the shop so people can't see the fronts.

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